Relations between American and Cuba look like they are finally about to thaw after a 50 year freeze and it seems that Americans from across the board are now happy with the changes taking place.
According to a report by Reuters, a new poll taken across the country has shown the majority of the bipartisan voters in the country are now supporting the measures being brought in by President Obama in relation to Cuba with many stating that they would be happy to see an end to to economic embargo against the island.
Beyond the Beltway released the poll as part of a joint public polling initiative by Washington-based research consultants Benenson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker.
The broad poll also found that most American voters support expanding trade, travel, and diplomatic relations with Havana.
According to Reuters, of those polled some 64 percent of those surveyed supported ending the embargo, including 74 percent of Democrats, 51 percent of Republicans, and 64 percent of independents.
A larger majority of voters – 72 percent – supported expanding travel and trade by Americans and having diplomatic relations with Cuba. Of those, 64 percent of Republicans under the age of 50 agreed that the recent policy changes “are in the best interests of the U.S. and Cuban people.”
The poll looked at the opinions of more than 1,000 registered voters and the results have been hailed by supporters of President Obama who are rightfully keen to see that the initiative to reform relations with Cuba are being welcomed by the voting public.
“This national poll makes it clear that the trend lines we’ve seen in recent years continue to rise toward strong bipartisan support for our new course on Cuba,” said Ricardo Herrero to Reuters, director of CubaNow, a Miami-based advocacy group that backs the White House opening with Cuba.
Benenson is a Democrat-leaning polling group, which has also done work for New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, a Cuban-American Democrat and vocal defender of the embargo.
There are of course critics to the new policies being brought in to the relations between Cuba and America but those in Congress who are against the plans have so far been unable to block any moves to change the special relationship between the two nations.
The poll was conducted Feb. 26-27 among registered voters selected to match national demographics of the voting population.